Have you ever wondered if the life of the woman standing next to you in the check-out line is as weird as yours? Could it be possible that you are trapped in a bizarre reality show, where the object of the game is to get the crazy lady to flip-out; just one more time? If so, then this book confirms that you are in good company. I Was In Love With a Short Man Once is a story collection written from the perspective of a crazy, southern, Irish, gal. Follow her as she reflects on: growing up as a child of limited means in South Florida; managing a self-financed college education; balancing work as a federal official with the joys of single motherhood; and navigating the amusing challenges of being a second-time-around wife. Coming Up Stories reflect the distinctive surroundings of South Florida through stories such as "Flagpole." Jimmy Stories illustrate the bond between mother and son. Stories here include "Koolaid Mom" and "Zamboni" and reveal the life lessons that our children teach us. The Rest of the Stories round out the author's quirky observations, including "Naked in a Hot Tub in Vegas" and "Crazy Virgo Tendencies.
Kimberly “Kimba” Dalferes is a native Floridian, but currently pretends to be a Virginian. She is an accomplished king salmon slayer, estate sale junkie, and sometimes writes books. Her first book, "I Was In Love With a Short Man Once", was published in 2011, and released as an audio book by Audible in 2019. Her second book, "Magic Fishing Panties", soon to also be on Audible, was published by Mill Park Publishing. Her stories have been featured in diverse publications including "Voices from Smith Mountain Lake" (an anthology published in 2013 by the Smith Mountain Arts Council), "Feisty After 45: The Best Blogs of Midlife Women", The Roanoke Times, Hippocampus Magazine, The Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, Better After Fifty, BonBon Break, Southern Writers Magazine, and Midlife Boulevard. She is also a columnist–her humor column Dock Tale Hour has appeared regularly in Laker Magazine (an affiliate of Times-World LLC) since 2014. The author has been recognized for her nonfiction writing as the winner of the 2014 Golden Nib Award - VWC’s highest honor. Dalferes divides her time between Fairfax and Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia with husband Greg, Bonz the cat, and occasionally her son Jimmy, who the author now proudly also calls doctor. She is often found hanging out in The Middle-Aged Cheap Seats–her blog. She continues to sing hopelessly off-key and waits patiently for that phone call from George Clooney.